As most people in the skincare industry already know, antioxidants play a key role in maintaining healthy skin. However, some antioxidants have proven to be much more powerful than others. So how do we decipher which antioxidants are the right choice for protecting the skin from premature aging and free radical damage?
Not all antioxidants are created equal. Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally occurring pigments known as caroteniods, held powerful antioxidant properties. Recently, one of the caroteniods called Astaxanthin (asta-ZAN-thin) has been deemed the “antioxidant superstar” by many peer-reviewed publications and TV syndicates. This fat-soluble caroteniod is found in many forms including microalgae, salmon, trout, shrimp and wild berries. Scientist have also been able to bioengineer synthetic Astaxanthin but this form has been shown to be significantly less effective than the natural form.
Natural Astaxanthin has an impressive array of physical and anti-aging properties that make it far superior to other well-known antioxidants. Its physical characteristics, such as its small molecular structure, allow it to easily penetrate skin tissue and be utilized by the body. Natural Astaxanthin also has amazing dual antioxidant capabilities. It sacrifices itself in order to rapidly neutralize highly toxic oxidizing agents and protect the body from dangerous free radicals including ROS (reactive oxygen species) and highly reactive forms of oxygen called singlet oxygen. Often times, other antioxidants are unable to counteract the overwhelming damage caused by these specific types of free radical formulations. Astaxanthin studies show that this powerful antioxidant can be up to 1000 times more effective than vitamin C, 500 times more effective than vitamin A and 10 times more effective than beta carotene. It can also work synergistically with antioxidant actions of vitamin C and E.
Other benefits of Astaxanthin include:
- anti-inflammatory properties.
- stimulation of collagen production.
- aiding in inhibiting melanin production.
- natural sun protection.
- helps the skin recover quicker from sun damage
As we age, several processes within the body start to slow down, resulting in visible signs of aging. Luckily, ABI Dermaceuticals understands the undeniable importance of protecting skin cells by using natural Astaxanthin. ABI’s Intense Antioxidant has been formulated to slow down the aging process by reducing inflammation and quenching free-radical damage.
Our paraben-free and fragrance-free formula makes it an ideal choice for all skin types. Skin will feel silky and appear soft and supple. It helps normalize dry, parched skin by producing long lasting moisture in addition to have anti-keratinization and anti-wrinkle free properties.
ABI Intense Antioxidant